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Punjab Polls 2022: 32 Farmer Bodies Invite Various Political Parties For Huddle, Leave Out BJP

32 farmers’ organisations of Punjab under the banner of United Kisan Morcha have called all other political parties of Punjab for a meet, with an exception to BJP.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait along with other farmers during a gherao of Karnal Secretariat, in Karnal on Sep 8, 2021. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: With very little time left for the assembly elections in Punjab, every major political party has begun to make decisive moves as the election draws near in the wheat bowl of India.

While on the other side, 32 farmers’ organisations of Punjab under the banner of United Kisan Morcha have called all other political parties of Punjab, with an exception to BJP, to hold talks in Chandigarh at 11 am on Friday. Here sources claim that various questions of different farmer organizations will also be answered by the representatives of these political parties.

In this program, it is learnt, that the United Kisan Morcha will also demand that no political party will hold rallies or other political programs in Punjab until the dates of elections are announced in Punjab and the model code of conduct is not in place.

On Thursday, President Kovind appointed new governors to Punjab along with Tamil Nadu, Nagaland and Uttarakhand.

According to a press issued by Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President appointed Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu as a regular governor of Punjab. Purohit was holding additional charge of the Governor of Punjab.

Congress in Punjab

In Punjab, Congress is still reeling under the factional infight between the opposing camps led by CM Amarinder Singh and Party unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

However, CM Amarinder Singh taking a swipe at the BJP at the centre, termed the hike in minimum support price of wheat announced by the Centre as “pathetic” on Wednesday.

He accused the Centre of rubbing salt on the wounds of farmers, who have been out on the roads agitating against the farm laws for the past 10 months. He said the BJP-led government has played “a cruel joke”.

According to an official release, he demanded that MSP of wheat should be fixed at Rs 2830 per quintal against Rs 2015 per quintal announced by the Centre. He termed the MSP as “far below the expectations of the farmers of Punjab”.

BKU’s Tikait on MSP of Rabi Crops

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said the increase in the minimum support prices of Rabi crops announced by the Centre today was “a joke played on farmers.”

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Taking to Twitter, Tikait wrote, “The minimum support price announced for Rabi crops is a joke with the farmers. Inflation is rising but compared to that the rate of MSP hike for farmers is very less. This hike is less than that of last year’s. The government should tell us which formula it has used? Tikait also posted a table titled “Did the MSP for Rabi crops really increase?” detaling the prices of the six rabi crops for the last year and this agricultural year.

Traditionally sowing of Rabi crops begins from October after the end of harvesting of Kharif crops.

The rabi crops are harvested in April/May.

The Union Cabinet today announced the minimum support price for six rabi crops for the Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2022-23. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(With inputs from ANI)

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